The Old Church or High Church in Bonnieux dates from the twelfth century, a mix of Romanesque and Gothic elements. It stands on a wooded hill high above the village. Another church (New Church) was built in 1870, relieving the parishioners of the need to climb a steep hill to worship.
Bonnieux is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. It is one of the many historic "hill villages" in the region. Dating back to Roman times, it sits on top of the Luberon hills casting a watchful gaze across the rest of the valley. Next to the village is a cedar forest that began with trees imported from North Africa during the Napoleonic era. It sits opposite Mont Ventoux. Other notable villages in the area include Ménerbes, Lacoste, Roussillon, and Gordes.
The region has been occupied since neolithic times, with evidence scattered throughout the Luberon. Monuments dating from Roman times exist near the village including the Pont Julien built in 3 BC located only 3 miles to the north. A monastery was first built here in the 6th century, and walls were in place by the 10th century. The town reached a maximum population in the mid 19th century, with 2804 people in 1841. It has since declined to less than half its peak with 1363 in 2004.
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papagolf21 (79598) 2013-09-03 0:51
Bonjour, cher Stephen,
L'église semble s'élever de terre pour apparaître majestueusement au-dessus de la végétation environnante.
Un cadrage original très apprécié.
Nicou (105947) 2013-09-03 2:14
Quelle compo et vue sueprbe ce clocher de cette vielle église qui ressort de la végétation superbe mise en valeur et cadrage splendide.
Bravo et amitié
psamaddar (1089) 2013-09-03 2:45
Hi Stephen..Liked the POV and the shot taken..However (IMHO) the picture could have cropped a bit from the lower portion to remove the light glare spot.
ChrisJ (91292) 2013-09-03 2:48
The tower of the old Gothic church against the blue sky adds a good graphic element. An excellent upward pov with good sharpness and the trees in the fg add depth and their green colour contrasts well against the drab stone. I sometimes have the same problem with lens flare but the orange pentangle at the bottom is not in a prominent spot here. It's possible to change the color and density to camouflage it if it is in a prominent spot. Tfs!
subhendu_bagchi (21140) 2013-09-03 3:53
a simple but nice framing here with church at background can be seen through the trees. Clear and sharp presentation with natural colour tone. Tfs.
Sergiom (45567) 2013-09-03 5:07
C'est vrai que l'on dirait bien qu'elle sort la tête de son nid de verdure, l'effet est accentué par la contre plongée et le ciel est un arrière plan parfait.
timecapturer (37200) 2013-09-03 5:10
a delightful POV this and wonderful mix of elements. Aptly titled this wonderful old church spire just looks so at home set amongst the trees. Beautiful!
Fis2 (77066) 2013-09-03 6:05
Beautiful trees and curious tower.
I like POV and composition.
Good colors and light.
Have a nice afternoon
chrisvek (6995) 2013-09-03 8:45
Very wonderful photo with splendid composition and very good details.Nice lightning usage and perfect POV.Very good job from your click.Well done.
All the best
Noel_Byrne (13436) 2013-09-03 11:05
12th century, wow, it still looks quite modern for its extreme age. Fine building, and in a very formiddable spot, I guess centuries ago they had greater concerns than how easy it was for people to access it. It looks great set up on the hill like this, and your nicely chosen viewpoint emphasises that well.
All the bst
tedesse (24006) 2013-09-03 21:08
Interesting tower blended into the a beautiful tree
Good POV, nice colors and light.
fabbs99 (11218) 2013-09-03 22:38
Superb shot with nice sharpness.very well done.TFS.
ikeharel (44125) 2013-09-05 2:31
Perfectly titled, Stephen.
Fine shot in very clear elements, especially the statue atop the bell-tower, and the green surrounding.
Built atop of a hill, is deliberately broght the worshipers to feel there is a higher entity overwhelming from above...
But also, the upwards POV encountered some strong light, not a grand issue though.
Have a nice afternoon,
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (72796)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-06-00
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, Canon 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS
- Exposure: f/22, 1/40 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-09-02 23:44